Cuellar Talks Missouri Commitment

Late Monday night, junior-college sophomore OT prospect Malik Cuellar verbally committed to Missouri. He talks about his decision.

Late Monday night, junior-college sophomore OT prospect Malik Cuellar 6’5” 290 San Francisco (CA) City College, a mid-year grad who will sign next week, verbally committed to Missouri.

“I gave Coach Pinkel a call (late Monday night) and told him I was committing,” explained Cuellar. “He was excited! He told me it was one of the better decisions I had made in my life. And, I told him I was excited to play for him.”

Long pursued by Missouri, and for months considered a Missouri lean, the athletic left tackle prospect from Fortuna, in northern California, chose Missouri over offers from Arizona State, California, Iowa State, Marshall, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Texas Tech, and Utah State, among others.

“I loved the college town,” said Cuellar. “Missouri’s one of the better ones that I visited. It’s a great education, which is important to me. It’s got everything I want. And, there’s a good opportunity to play and to start.”

Consistent with his importance to the Tigers, Missouri Offensive Coordinator Josh Henson, Head Coach Gary Pinkel, and Offensive Line Coach A.J. Ricker triple teamed Cuellar down the stretch in his recruitment. All three Missouri coaches will meet with Cuellar at CCSF on Tuesday.

Cuellar was a qualifier out of high school and he plans to transfer to Missouri in January.

“I can’t wait to get to it,” said Cuellar. “I’m just excited to be a Missouri Tiger! I’m excited to be in that environment, in COMO, and get to work for Coach Pinkel. I like Coach Pinkel a lot.”

Cuellar sees a very good opportunity at Missouri to come in next spring and compete for playing time. He has three years to play two, but he would be expected to play right away.


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